Alexander Vinokourov could face a prison sentence if found guilty of private corruption relating to his win at the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Alexander Vinokourov and Alexandr Kolobnev will stand trial for a corruption related to the Kazakh’s 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege win, Belgian prosecutors have ruled.

Sky Sports News report that Vinokourov, manager of WorldTour team Astana, should face a private corruption charge which carries a possible prison sentence if found guilty.

Vinokourov and Kolobnev are accused of conspiring to allow the Kazakh to win the Ardennes Classic in 2010, with Vinokourov offering the Russian €100,000 Euros to throw throw the race.

Claims were made against the pair in 2011 and in 2012, while investigating Dr Michele Ferrari, two payments of €50,000 from Vinokourov to Kolobnev were uncovered.

The UCI promised to look into the incident, but until the intervention of the Belgian courts in 2014 no action was taken.

According to Sky Sports News, the pair face a jail term of between six months and three years and fines of up to €600,000 if they are found guilty, although both riders deny the accusations.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    No he doesn’t he manages a very successful team he is no more guilty of doping than the next man, if you have noticed cyclists have doped since cycle racing began and still do the only difference is Astana is probably clean now where other teams including the big teams registered in the UK are probably not.

  • reece46

    You’ve climbing out from under your stone again

  • cusser from jamaica

    “A great cyclist never has to buy a race but he might sometimes sell a race” In this instance Vino is coming off his ban and is keen to haul himself back up the pecking order of pro cycling. His move with Kolobnev was astute. Kolobnev is strong but tactically lacking we now know. Could Vino defeat him in the run-in? 5050 chance. So make Kolobnev an offer he can’t refuse. Work well together to ensure the chasers can’t close.Win Liege and watch the real money roll right back on in. Pro cyclists are businessmen on wheels. So a “great” rider had to buy a race. Rare case? Of course not! Remember Baronchelli in Lombardy 86 when Kelly and Acacio DaSilva looked the other way as he attacked the break to win solo? Pro racing baby!!

  • FPCyclist

    Blemmie, exciting in those days meant ingesting EPO by the gallon. Stop making excuses for these losers.

  • FPCyclist

    Oh Andrew, wake up. The man needs to be gone, gone, gone. What more can it take to make the apologists realize Vino, Astana, and others need to taste lifetime bans? No real cycling fan can support this nonsense any longer.

  • eminusx

    what worries me is that, IF, he is still as shady as his past would suggest, then the recent doping problems and issues at Astana would suggest his bad influence might be rubbing off. . . this is worrying for the sport and the kind of thing so many are striving to resolve. I’m sure there aren’t many who wouldn’t be slightly troubled by this and welcome this trial

  • blemcooper

    I agree that Vino has damaged the sport a lot with his doping history and now this.

    But as it was occurring, he was one of the most exciting/entertaining racers of his generation.

  • eminusx

    because Vino has been nothing but good news for the sport right? a man of honesty and integrity?

    I see nothing wrong with wanting the best for the sport and rid of those that damage it.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    You want to travel a little or at least climb down from your tree.

  • eminusx

    finally, a chance to rid the sport of this vampire. . . .